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Virginia Aviation Art Contest

The Virginia Department of Aviation offers the Virginia Aviation Art contest each year. This contest is a part of the International Aviation Art Contest offered by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and open to students ages 6 through 17. Each year a theme is selected, and the contest is conducted around the world.

In the United States, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) offers the contest at the national level. Winners of the Virginia Aviation Art contest are submitted to NASAO to compete in the national contest. National winners compete at the international level.

The Virginia Department of Aviation encourages all students in Virginia to participate in the contest and learn more about aviation.

2025 theme is "Women With Wings"

Point of Contact

Art Contest Submissions

Tony Sotelo


Art Contest Rules and Eligibility

Contest Eligibility

All children ages 6-17 are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of the FAI or any of its member organizations.

Submitting Your Artwork

Submissions to the Virginia Aviation Art contest should be sent to:
Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Art Contest
5702 Gulfstream Road
Richmond, Virginia 23250-2422


The required format is A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11 ¾” x 16 ½ “), or if this is unobtainable, the nearest possible equivalent. Artwork must NOT be framed or outlined with borders.

Permitted Artistic Medium

All artwork must be done by hand, or, in the case of physically challenged children, by foot or mouth. Any of the following media are permitted: watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball point pens, indelible ink, crayon, or any similar indelible medium. The following media are NOT permitted: pencil, charcoal, or other non-permanent medium; computer-generated artwork; or collage work involving the use of photocopies.

Identification on Your Artwork

The following information should be clearly shown on the back of the artwork: title, family name, given name, address, date of birth, country of residence, name and address of school which the child attends, and certificate of authenticity.

Artwork Title

A title is not needed on the poster and entrants can decide whether or not to include one; however, the subject of the artwork should have a clearly recognizable link to the theme of the contest.

Transfer of Artwork Ownership

Once received, entries become and remain the property DOAV and may be used for a variety of purposes. Artwork forwarded for international judging become the property of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI); FAI will try to return the original artwork.

Selection of Winners

Entries in each age group will be judged, and state winning and runner up entries will be selected. Winners will receive a certificate and recognition from DOAV. The top three entries in each age group will be forwarded to participate in the national competition. Winning artwork will be displayed on DOAV’s website.

At the national competition level, a first, second, and third place winning entry will be selected from each age group. All national winners will receive a certificate, a ribbon, and a framed reproduction of their artwork.

The first, second, and third place national winning entries in each age group will be forwarded to FAI for international judging. Winners of the international competition will receive certificates and gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Sponsors of Contests

The International Aviation Art Contest is sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, in cooperation with the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), to motivate and encourage young people of FAI member nations to become more familiar with and participate in aeronautics, engineering, and science.

Virginia Aviation 2024 Contest Winners

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